Plenty of people inquire on Meta about getting their bounty back; the latest case was today.

I was surprised to find that there is indeed no mention of bounties' non-refundability during the actual process.

Yeah, yeah, people should read the FAQ and all that, but it seems fair (and trivially easy) to mention the fact briefly. Please add something like

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    But...but..I don't want to refund them. I just want to award them to my own answer.
    – Bart
    Feb 1, 2013 at 13:52
  • If my memory serves me right, there used to be an alert which popped up when you were going to finalize the bounty reminding you of this. Is it still there?
    – Yi Jiang
    Feb 1, 2013 at 13:56
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    @Tim good point! Just tried it out, it's not there any more (at least not on Meta). I'll be happy to test on SO if anybody can think of a question that deserves a bounty
    – Pekka
    Feb 1, 2013 at 13:59
  • I'm with @Bart - especially given the fact I'm the only person who even managed to answer!
    – Fenton
    Feb 5, 2013 at 15:17
  • Please note that my comment was largely tongue-in-cheek @SteveFenton, hinting that users would still come to Meta in surprise. I did in fact vote this proposal up.
    – Bart
    Feb 5, 2013 at 15:36
  • Sorry Steve, my response above was complete nonsense. I took your comment to be a response to an entirely different conversation about bounties where I disagreed with @Bart.
    – Pekka
    Feb 5, 2013 at 15:38
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    Which is of course nonsense as well @Pekka웃....disagreeing with me....tsk tsk tsk.
    – Bart
    Feb 5, 2013 at 15:40
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    – Pekka
    Feb 5, 2013 at 15:46
  • Now I feel like I've missed out because I never saw the comment :)
    – Fenton
    Feb 5, 2013 at 16:09
  • @Steve heh! It said something like "If you managed to give an answer, why would the OP deny you the bounty?" It seemed like a continuation of the argument we were having here: Explicit "do not award bounty" button
    – Pekka
    Feb 5, 2013 at 16:16
  • Yeah. That makes no sense here. I'm starting a new topic Why don't people read comments properly before responding? :)
    – Fenton
    Feb 5, 2013 at 16:44
  • NOOOO!!!! I was testing Jan 2, 2017 at 2:01

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Apparently we implemented this... Back in June of 2013.

this reputation is deducted immediately and cannot be refunded

Kudos to PythonMaster for using a bounty to remind me to status-complete this.


djasjdaksldsjadsadsadadaswWWWW to you too, PythonMaster; djasjdaksldsjadsadsadadaswWWWW to you too.

  • I would like a compensation for my efforts Jan 2, 2017 at 2:42
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    If you post a good answer, you could earn a hat...
    – Shog9
    Jan 2, 2017 at 2:42
  • ... or a bounty. You never know.
    – Pekka
    Jan 2, 2017 at 8:37
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    At least I got a hat :) Jan 8, 2017 at 3:22

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